Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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Alpine Beer Company
California, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
ruth is, everyone has a birthday. And when you want to celebrate, this Session IPA is a gift to the senses. Made with 6 different hops, this bold brew is refreshing enough to enjoy again and again. Now, make a wish and blow out the candles. But don’t tell anyone, or your wish won’t come true.

69 IBUs

Added by HopHead84 on 05-24-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
456
Ratings:
2,715
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
20.66%
 
 
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Reviews: 456 | Ratings: 2,715
Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent golden color with a very thick amount of head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells amazing, by far my favorite part of the beer; smells piney and citrusy, just overall fresh. Taste is somewhat disappointing... the dry-hopped aspect of it takes over and creates a very bitter (but nonetheless full of flavor) pale ale. Probably the most taste I've ever had packed into a pale ale... Feel is nice and smooth, slightly creamy, very dry. Overall... well done, I think it's just not my cup of tea. I seem to be in the minority in the overall rating of this beer, I respect it, just don't love it.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Damn, this beer is absolutely beautiful. It smells so damn crisp and piny, too. Altogether, no single element seems fantastic, but it features amazing integration and refinement. Tasting it...yep, I'm right. This beer is loaded with pine and resin, yet it finishes so dry and mellow. This tastes 7%, but it feels like 5%. My only niggle is that there's no citrus flavor whatsoever - it's all pine, flowers, and bitter. And I don't care. The mouthfeel is perfect: it's somehow full bodied yet light on its feet. Now this is a session beer! (so what if it's over 5%?) It's the best showcase of Columbus hops I've ever had, by far.

4.3/5: A killer pale ale, enough said

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Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Simply amazing. Had it on tap at buckeye bar on Kelleys island oh. This is pretty much a perfect pale ale. Hell, it's a perfect IPA too. If this was available locally, it would be a staple in my fridge. Simply outstanding. Never had old alpine stuff, but not sure how this could have been better.

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Photo of Sintech
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Golden yellow hue.

Smell - Tropical and citrus.

Taste - Incredible mix of tropical, citrus and pine.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation.

Overall - Very tasty Pale Ale. In my top 4 Pale Ale's all-time.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden wheat with little to no head.

Aroma is piney hops with a strong malt background.

Taste is very balanced.

For a 5.2% beer this is an excellent drinker.

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Photo of Hendrick24
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Thin white head with good retention and lacing. Clear light golden color. Nose is subtle cirtus hops. Taste is bready, slightly bitter, non-descript hops, pretty good balance. A bit thin mouthfeel but within expectations for the style.

Pretty good but nothing like the quality of Alpine beers I've had from the original Alpine brewery.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap; really nice APA/IPA. Crisp, hop-forward but not overpowering. Easily drinkable. Smells fantastic; citrus and pine. A rare beer, and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of TooGood
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden with 1 inch foamy head, leaves terrific lacing on the glass.
Smells of pineapple and lighter citrus.
Tastes lightly citrusy with a decent bitter finish an no aftertaste.
This is a terrific beer.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

High hopes for this based on the ratings over time.

Taste was mid-tier IPA, solid but not nothing game changing. No distinguishing hop characteristics, seems to be a mix of the usual, pine, a touch of citrus, etc.

Feel is a bit thick on the palate, not exactly refreshing.

Overall, this a solid, but unspectacular beer. Learning it was an APA helped the score a bit, but definitely not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of frozyn
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From tap, pours a hazy golden with a thick, frothy white head that turns into plenty of lace. Aroma is pine initially, but citrus emerges as well. Flavor follows the aroma, but pineapple is included as well and there's a general fruity sweetness as well. It's not specific to any fruit, but balances the beer well. This is bitter, but not overwhelmingly so if you like IPAs. The fruitiness helps keep the bitter from destroying your palate, and as bitter as it was, I was surprised not to note any resiny film in my mouth. It was light, crisp, very refreshing, and at the ABV, something I could drink all day long.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Chicago

A: Dark gold and clear
S: Malty, light pine, bready
T: Bready, light caramel malt backbone, melon, grapefruit bitterness, some pine

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Photo of Josh012012
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had a growler of this one. I had not read much about the beer before I tried it and based on the taste I thought it was an imperial IPA. I was shocked to see the ABV.

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Photo of Zonk
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at Beer Culture. Poured a nice copper color. Nose is more on the piney side, Very hoppy for an APA with some grapefruit to go along with the pine. A bit resinous in feel for an APA.

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Photo of BigGold
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had poured from growler into clear plastic (poolside) water cup, and then into nonic pint. On first tasting, assumed this beer to be a traditional IPA, but pleased to learn it is actually a very sessionable hoppy APA.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler thanks to osnapson (Reddit).

Nice creamy foamy head, nice lacing, semi clear semi hazy honey orange color.

Nose bright hops, citrus, candied orange, mild grassy earthy candied stone fruit, sweet malts with caramel and malty toasted, mild earthy hop.

Taste starts sweet again, candy caramel toasted malt, into big hops, chewy spicy quite bitter, candied stone fruit and orange zest, chewy spicy hops lingering, little dry finish, super bitter rind spicy chewy hops, little sweet malt.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy soft, nice carb.

Overall OK, lots of big hops but not a huge citrus tropical style like the big awesome IPAs of today, so it's good but not great for an APA.

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Photo of jooler
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From alpine brewery. Great smell but has a rough taste at the end

Edit: from green flash. Same but a lot more bitter. Like unnecessary amount of bitterness for a pale ale

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a thick white head, color is a polished bronze, the beer is super cloudy. At first a nose of tart grapefruit dominates, and grapefruit comes through on the tongue, suppressed by strong bitterness. As the beer warmed bitterness gave way to faint red fruit, raspberries and a little strawberry. Grapefruit still dominates on the nose, and the beer is still too carbonated to crush, but a deliciously drinkable and relatively complex treat.

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Photo of gory4d
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark golden with a white head. Smells piney. Tastes much the same, with a faint nutty maltiness way at the back. It's fairly meaty for a beer this low in alcohol. Drinkability suffers a tad from the unremitting hops, but it's a solid beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was an ipa or double ipa. It drinks like one flavor wise. I am having a hard time with the flavors in this beer. Piney and hop resiny. Earthy. Very happy.

For a pale ale this is way hopped up. It tastes stronger than it is. Somewhat bitter. Somewhat sticky. Ends fairly clean. Great for a pale ale, but very odd.

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Photo of metter98
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—mangos seem to stand out in particular. Some hints of grapefruit are also noticeable.
T: The taste has complex flavors of grapefruit, mangos, and dank pine, the latter of which is most prominent in the finish and lingers through the aftertaste, although as the beer warms up the mango flavors become stronger. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. Slight hints of underlying caramel malts are noticeable.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No crispness is perceptible—it's almost a little smooth in nature.
O: What I found to really stand out in this beer is the complexity of different types of hop flavors imparted into the taste. It packs in as much hop aromas and flavors as you might expect from a Double IPA but it's only an APA.

Serving type: growler

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was surprised to find out this was actually an APA, upon first sip it had the hop overload to be an amazing IPA. Still, it was fantastic, and would easily make my top 5 pale ales.

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Photo of M_J_Z
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on draft in July 2015 at The Brass Tap in Winter Park/Orlando, FL.

I'm very impressed with this beer. It possesses a lot of balance; a great color, an appropriate PA/IPA aroma and an excellent mouthfeel/aftertaste (slight bitterness in the AT without being malty). Really glad I got to try this one (Alpine seems to be making its way to FL now; perhaps because of the Green Flash connection?).

I somehow gave this only 4.25 stars, overall, on Untappd but am rating it higher here. I think it deserves the extra .25 boost. It's very good and I highly recommend trying this if you're able to.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a trade friend...fresh growler from Alpine Tap takeover...smell is ridiculous! Tastes right up there with smell and has lots of citrus...little resin on finish.

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Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a plastic solo cup. Really solid, those boys at Jungle Jims know how to impress. Dank bright bitterness that really made the trip around a huge grocery store that much better. They sell Ostrich eggs and their shopping carts have cup holders, cool.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter. Clear deep orange body. Nice white head. Grapefruit hop aroma. Caramel malt. Taste is just like the nose. Aggressive grapefruit up front. Hefty caramel malt behind it. Not sweet, more bready and toasty. Strong bitterness in the back end. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Straightforward and very tasty.

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Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
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